Coca-Cola as part of Ghana’s 60th Independence Anniversary Celebrations is celebrating Ghana’s Top 60 Young Leaders and we celebrate one of these 60 young leaders. Talk of young Ghanaians inspiring others to achieve greater heights; Michael Siaw Larbi has been perhaps the most consistent Ghanaian in achieving academic excellence.
At only 23 he is already a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Practitioner, feats he accomplished whilst he was barely done with his University education. The interesting part is the manner in which he accomplished these.
Michael attended the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School where he studied General Arts. In the 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Michael scored grade A1 in all 8 subjects he sat for and was adjudged National Overall Best Candidate in the General Arts program out of 174,385 candidates who sat the exam that year. This gained him admission into the University of Ghana Business School where he majored in Banking & Finance.
In his 2nd University year, he registered for the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG) professional qualifying examinations and in 2015 whilst a 3rd year student of the University, Michael completed the ICAG examination and became a Chartered Accountant at age 21, one of the youngest in Ghana today and graduating as the Overall Best Chartered Accountant in 2015; a feat he accomplished in less than 2 years. As if that was not enough, he swept a combined 6 awards from the ICAG, including the coveted Overall Best National Candidate awards in Part 1, Part 2 and Level 3 of the ICAG examination.
In July 2016, Michael graduated from the University of Ghana as the Valedictorian and Overall Best Graduating student with a Final GPA of 3.94 out of 4.0, sweeping the KPMG, GCB Bank and Dr Jean Nelson Aka Prizes for excellence in the process. His inspiring Valedictorian speech can be found here –
Just 1 week after graduating from the University of Ghana, Michael sat for the Final Level of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Ghana (CITG) professional qualifying exams and qualified as a Chartered Tax Practitioner at just 22 years, with first time passes in all papers in under a year. He has thus achieved consistent excellence in the fields of Accounting, Finance and Taxation.
Whilst at University, he combined studies with lecturing at the Benchmark Professional Training Centre where he lectured students in the ACCA, ICAG and CIMA professional exams. Michael continually inspires young people to strive for excellence and to reach for the impossible.
He writes on tax matters to educate Ghanaians on tax related issues and runs a blog ‘TaxCode’ for this purpose https://michaelsiawlarbi.blogspot.com, where information such as the rates of tax applicable to different transactions and a library of all Ghanaian tax laws can be found. He says of himself “my dream has always been to do great things and to inspire others to do even greater things.”